Assembling a new pig ark

As part of the preparations for pig breeding in the future, it was clear we needed some more quality pig accommodation. So far we have only kept weaners for a few months at a time and never any through the winter.

The best of the arks that we inherited on moving here – a double skinned, insulated tin ark – has proved invaluable so we ordered another one just like it. Although that’s not to say that the other slightly rusty ones won’t be pressed into summer service when needed.

Pig ark in kit form

Pig ark in kit form

After a little puffing and straining the delivered pallet was unpacked and the various pieces moved to what will become the pigs next home. A quick glance at the instructions was all that was needed initially before making a start.

Looking good so far

Looking good so far

There were only a couple of minor false starts when the instructions weren’t too clear but these problems were easily resolved by taking a look at the existing old ark we have. It’s not exactly the same construction because at a rough guess it must be around 20 years old now but it’s close enough to be of some use.

Roughly halfway and still going well

Roughly halfway and still going well

Once the first roof layer was on it was time to get the insulation layer in place before adding the second roof layer. At this point the problems started to appear with the pre-drilled holes not lining up in all the various parts that I was supposed to bolt together.

Most problems could be resolved with a little fudging and some judicious use of the hammer but as it neared completion there were some which were obviously never going to work. Some longer bolts and a little careful drilling soon dealt with this and the final covering was properly fixed.

Insulation almost finished

Insulation almost finished

Once all the construction work was finished and the tools had been packed away it was just a matter of throwing a load of straw in the house so that the pigs could make their own bedding arrangements.

Although I’m pleased with the results of my efforts I’m probably more proud of my pigs who simply followed at my heels during the transition between pens. There was no hassle, no chasing runaway pigs, just a calm orderly stroll through the woods from one pen to the other!

The residents moving in to the new house

The residents moving in to the new house

 

2 Comments

  1. Hi mate, the wood looks a bit new in the photo. Did you give it a good lashing of wood preservative before letting in the squealers?
    Just a thought from my allotment days.

  2. I’m pretty sure the manufacturer said the wood was pressure treated (tanalised) so it should be good for a while. Also I doubt that it’s recommended practice to be slopping creosote on there when there are live animals around!

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